Lovren further lamented the semi-final defeat to France in the 1998 World Cup, though he now believes the disappointment from two decades ago has now been put to rest by reaching the final in Russian Federation 2018.
The Liverpool centre-back played his part in keeping England striker Harry Kane quiet at Luzhniki Stadium as Zlatko Dalic's side bounced back from Kieran Trippier's fifth-minute opener to win 2-1 in extra time.
"From my point of view, people said I had a hard season but I don't agree", said the 29-year-old.
'I took Liverpool to the final of the Champions League and now with my national team we are in the final.
"I admire his ability to fancy himself, but he isn't one of the best defenders in the world".
Dejan Lovren says people should respect him as "one of the best defenders in the world" having helped Croatia to the World Cup final and Liverpool to the final of the Champions League. People are crying, they are happy in our country.
"It's something we'll never forget". "After everything that's been said before the game, we showed our character and that we deserve to be in the final".
"We will never forget this".
Lovren says he remembers his mum took him and they went to the basement and can't remember how long they sat there. Before this game they said we are exhausted but we showed in extra-time we had fresher legs than them.
"We've had this weight on our shoulders for 20 years".
'We have the chance to do something better, and hopefully we can do it on Sunday.
"It was a tough first half".
Lovren also called for Croatia team-mate Luka Modric to receive the highest individual award in world football, the Ballon d'Or.
Speaking to beIN Sport following the game, the much maligned Liverpool defender claimed that he is one of the world's best.